Social relief to come

2015-09-29 06:00
The provincial minister of social development, Albert Fritz, cuts the ribbon at the Fish Hoek local office with (from left) PR councillor Mzuvukile Nikelo, community worker Marti Wedepohl, social development regional manager Quinton Arendse and PR co

The provincial minister of social development, Albert Fritz, cuts the ribbon at the Fish Hoek local office with (from left) PR councillor Mzuvukile Nikelo, community worker Marti Wedepohl, social development regional manager Quinton Arendse and PR co

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Social services are to be extended to Ocean View, after the launch of a local office in Fish Hoek.

The provincial social development minister Albert Fritz launched the 40th local office in Fish Hoek on Monday. Operating since June, the office now plans to expand services to Ocean View once premises are available. However, establishing the office has taken three years, after finding suitable premises proved a challenge. The local office falls under the Metro South Regional Office, also serving the communities of Ocean View and Masiphumelele. The community suffers from high levels of substance abuse (prominently tik, heroine, and alcohol), homelessness, and child-related issues, such as abuse and neglect.

“This has had a profoundly negative effect on families and children in particular. In response to these challenges, the Fish Hoek department of social development has hit the ground running, and have already started programmes to address homelessness with the City of Cape Town. In addition, the local office boasts specialist substance abuse personnel,” Fritz says.

According to him, the office will be working on the development of a comprehensive strategy to deal with this substance abuse.

“Let this be a place of refuge, a place of service delivery. The Fish Hoek local office will be particularly instrumental in addressing the current violence and social discord in Masiphumelele.”

The Fish Hoek local office has a full staff compliment of a social work supervisor, five social workers, two social auxiliary workers, and an assistant community development worker. These professionals are responsible for providing important services closer to the community, including early childhood development registration and monitoring of ECD centres, child protection including foster care services, substance abuse screening and referral for treatment, victim empowerment, disability programmes and the registration and monitoring of old age homes

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